Steve Lackmeyer stirs it up
Wanda on the web
Breaking news reporter Robert Medley mentioned to me this week that Wanda Jackson is trending in the national news. He wanted to point out that the piece he wrote about her a couple of years ago would be good to showcase again. Well — Robert works the early shift and he covers a lot of unhappy news in the crime arena, so I forgive him for missing my blog last week — it was a good idea, and we did feature his nDepth:Stories of the Ages piece this week on NewsOK. But then Robert shared this fine nugget (note that Robert has spent a lot of time on stage and in the music industry himself): “What a shock. Someone I wrote a book about in 1992 when the only places that wanter her to play were Southern Baptist churches in south Oklahoma City — and now she is on Conan.”
Board of Education meeting mess
On Thursday, Megan Rolland covered the Oklahoma Board of Education meeting with new state superintendent Janet Barresi. It was anything but a boring meeting. It started with board member Tim Gilpin and Barresi (and others) arguing about her choices for staff member and how they were paid. And as Megan wrote in the fourth paragraph: “From there it only got worse.”
Pregnant women … worthless?
Here’s what was worse: Board member Herb Rozell commented about a pregnant staff member of Berresi, saying, “If she has that child in April and takes off six weeks, she’s worthless to us.” All together now … we absolutely cannot make this stuff up.
Troy Aikman leads the way on NewsOK
The stories about the Board of Education are among our most popular this week. But they came a very close second to a much more important story that took NewsOK by storm: Troy Aikman and his wife separating. What’s ironic about that? It’s not even our story. It’s the Tulsa World’s story. We didn’t run the entire story, but NewsOK and the Tulsa World often link to each other’s articles after running three paragraphs. We did that in this case. What’s even more ironic about that? It wasn’t even Tulsa World’s story. It sourced the Dallas Morning News as the original reporting source.
OSU Remember the 10 video
This was our most popular video. And deservedly so. Congratulations to our sports department and to our video department for producing such a great piece that helps put our lives (and our heightened interest in Troy Aikman’s marriage) in perspective.
That seems like a good note to end on. Enjoy NewsOK for the next week. Look for another post next Friday afternoon.
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